Spin - p.963 stars out of 5
-- "'Pullin Me Back' is a gloomy breaking-up-is-hard-to-do anthem crafted by superproducer Jermaine Dupri, and on the surprisingly candid 'Cadillac Door,' the St. Louis rapper laments lost friends."
With two smash singles in his pocket, midwestern rapper Chingy returns with his third LP, HOODSTAR. Sticking to the formula of his earlier success, the St. Louis native and former Ludacris protege comes with more than a few possible club anthems, delivering a slew of aggressive gangsta scenarios, sex rhymes, and catchy hooks dedicated to booty shakin' and his superior fashion sense. Stylistically, Ching-a-Ling owes a lot to Nelly, as both share the same melodic rise-and-fall flow, the same penchant for bouncy club beats, and the same St. Louis twang. But with heavy help from beatmakers Mannie Fresh, Jermaine Dupri, and Timbaland, as well as cameos from Three 6 Mafia, Spiffy, and the ultimate hypeman in Fatman Scoop, Chingy manages to keep things interesting.